COMMERCE–On both a local and national level, this has not been a good week for postal workers. Two days before postal workers across the country learned from the USPS that they would no longer deliver mail on Saturdays, a Los Angeles area mail carrier was arrested in Commerce for strangling an 11-year-old girl on February 4th.
According to the victim, the suspect attacked her when she started laughing at him for inadvertently entering the women’s restroom at Bristow Park. When LA Sheriffs Deputies arrived at 1466 McDonnell Avenue, three other witnesses also claimed to have seen the postal worker, whom the police later identified as 55-year-old Daniel Villasenor, become angry and throttle the victim.
Deputies found Villasenor near the scene and arrested him for felony Willful Cruelty to a Child. Villasenor’s initial charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor at his February 6th arraignment at the East Los Angeles Municipal Court, but not before he had a second charge of Battery in a Park filed against him.
According to an LASD press release, Villasenor is currently being held at the East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station where his bail is set at $100,000.
In a statement sent to L.A. Weekly, the USPS said that Daniel Villasenor had recently been placed on “emergency non-duty status pending investigation.” The USPS will be launching an investigation of their own into the events surrounding Villasenor, who has been a postal worker since 1981.
The investigation is being handled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau. Any questions can be directed to Sergeant Dan Scott or Lieutenant Carlos Marquez at 877-710-LASD (5273) or through Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.
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